Questions tagged [401k]

A 401(k) account is a tax-deferred retirement savings account setup by many employers for their employees in the United States. Employees can elect to contribute part of their earnings - either pre-tax or after-tax - to their 401k account and the employer will often make a matching contribution for a portion of it. The before-tax and/or after-tax contributions are subject to yearly limits set by the IRS. Related to the 403b and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

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How to determine state tax for 401(k) distribution as a part-year resident?

I'm trying to help my in-laws with their taxes and I just want to make sure about something before filing. They bought a home in Texas (no state tax) in the middle of 2020, still maintaining residency ...
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Why is my former employer matching dividends in my 401k?

Here's a screenshot from the recent transaction history (this December) from the 401k from an employer that I haven't been employed by for many years. The index fund in question pays out a dividend ...
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Paying Taxes on a Bonus Check

In this article, "How to Avoid Paying Taxes on a Bonus Check" it suggests the following: Strategies to manage the taxes you’ll have to pay on a bonus fall into two camps. First, you can ...
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Retirement benefits vs. better salary/health insurance

I'm a research scientist and postdoctoral fellow in a US government lab. Currently, my position is funded through a DOE-run organization as an educational/training position. The salary is good for my ...
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Why are excess HSA/IRA/401k/etc contributions allowed?

I accidentally made an excess contribution to my HSA (or my employer or HSA custodian made a mistake, it's still not clear). I know what I need to do to correct it, but I'm curious, why is that ...
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Withdraw after-tax contributions from 401k without penalty

In my most recent payroll (which included bonuses), I messed up my contribution % for pre-tax and after-tax 401k. I ended up with $10k in pre-tax and $44k in after-tax (+4k in employer matches), when ...
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Make a SEP contribution to a traditional IRA

I have a traditional IRA with Vanguard that originated as a 401k rollover (so they call it a Rollover IRA). This year I have a lot of self-employment income, and I am qualified to make a SEP IRA ...
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Computed 401K RoR differs from broker's information

I have a 401k through Fidelity and have recently started being more active in the market. I was haphazardly selecting funds that seemed to do well but apparently wasn't the most advantageous due to ...
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Do Traditional 401(k), FSA, and HSA contributions reduce your tax liability even if you don't itemize?

I hope people will indulge me what may be a rather dumb question. If you take the standard deduction/don't itemize, does contributing to a Traditional 401(k), Health Savings Account, or flex medical ...
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Is there any upside to contributing to the after-tax 401(k) instead of the Roth 401(k) via paycheck deduction?

In some 401(k) plans, one has the choice to configure one's paycheck deductions to go to pretax 401(k), after-tax 401(k) and Roth 401(k): Is there any upside to contributing to the after-tax 401(k) ...
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w8ben for 401k withdrawal for Indian citizen

I need to withdrawal my 401k from US account.Normal penalty is around 30% for early withdrawal .Does filling w8ben form for Indian citizen help in reduced penalties.I am in individual who worked in US ...
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What is the point of a retirement plan contribution limits (with after tax dollars)? [duplicate]

Based on the 2021 numbers: 401(k) elective deferrals are limited to 19,500. Limits here make sense as savings offer obvious advantages: pre-tax contributions in case of regular 401(k); non-taxed ...
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Paying taxes on a converted old retirement account to a Roth IRA from a 401K loan from current employer?

I have an old 403B plan, I am 47 years old and would like to convert part of it to a Roth. I would like to convert $100k to the Roth, but will then have to pay taxes on the conversion. Lets just say ...
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401k withdraw penalty free? [duplicate]

Can I withdraw 90% of my 401k funds (I'm under 59 years of age) under the new stimulus bill that was signed in December 2020? Even though the CARES act expired, according to this article https://www....
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Can I rollover Roth/Traditional 401k into a Roth IRA?

My previous employer offered both a Roth and a Traditional 401k (unclear to me if these are technically separate accounts... as far as I was functionally aware, I had one 401k account, which could ...
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Where can one view the split between pretax, after-tax and Roth money in one's Vanguard 401(k) account?

The best I could find is https://retirementplans.vanguard.com -> Retirement plan participants -> Manage my money -> Manage my brokerage option, which gives the split between Roth money and ...
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What might contribute to income during retirement?

I am reading about the differences between Roth and traditional 401k. The big deciding factor seems to be relative tax % between now and retirement. An example from this article: Imagine Sally and ...
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Is 50K Salary Jump Worth No 401K Benefit

I currently make $75K and my employer offers a 3% match on my 401K. I have now been offered an exceptional job making $120K but there is no retirement plan offered. In CA by 2022 all employers will ...
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Are large and frequent moves via rebalancing within a 401k, without cost or penalty?

Example scenario: 300k vested in companies 401k Company provides 10 funds, from low to high risk Each fund has extensive details, that can be used to relate to current market volatility. Company ...
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If one makes some short-term capital gain within one's pretax 401(k), does it make any financial difference compared to making long-term capital gain?

If one makes some short-term capital gains/losses within one's pretax 401(k), can this make any financial difference now or anytime in the future compared to making long-term capital gains/losses?
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Should I rollover my Fidelity 401(k) to a Vanguard IRA?

I'm leaving a job where I have a Fidelity 401(k). I plan to rollover my Fidelity 401(k) into an IRA after I leave the job. I like Fidelity. But most of my portfolio is invested in Vanguard ETFs, and I ...
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401K withdrawal while leaving the country

I see this question has been asked before but it seems not from this angle. I'm leaving the country soon and I will not be able to continue contributing to 401K here. While some may argue that it is ...
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Why would an employer 401(k) plan prevents Roth assets from being exchanged into the SDBO Self-Directed Brokerage Option (SDBO)?

A Self-Directed Brokerage Option (SDBO) allows 401(k) plan holders to invest their 401(k) money directly into U.S. Equities, ADRs, ETFs, Publicly-traded Limited Partnerships, Publicly-traded REITs, U....
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Can a Roth 401(k) be transferred somehow to a Roth IRA if younger than 59.5-year-old and not leaving one's job?

I understand that: A Roth 401(k) may be rolled over to a Roth IRA if older than 59.5-year-old or if leaving one's job. It is possible to do in-service distributions from an after-tax 401(k) to a Roth ...
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When should I contribute to my IRA over my 401(k)?

I know there are a few different factors to this, such as if you've reached the contribution limit for the year on your 401(k). With a 401(k) you can get employer contribution matching and a higher ...
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After converting after-tax 401(k) into Roth IRA, can the 401(k) contributions be withdrawn from the IRA without penalties?

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/063015/roth-401k-vs-roth-ira-one-better.asp mentions this upside of Roth IRA regarding pre-retirement withdrawals: A final advantage is greater ...
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Error in 401K rollover to new platform. Same employer

My Company changed their 401K platform due to a partner split. Prior to this change I took out my portion and rolled it into an IRA. Two months later when they rolled all other employees amounts over ...
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Who owns the stock in a 401(k)?

I have a 401(k) through company X managed by investment firm Y. I give money to X, who give money to Y, who purchase some stocks. Who do those stocks belong to? Do they belong to I, and are managed ...
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If we can go to Europe, Northern Europe, Asia, to establish a corporation and invest in US stocks, then it is like IRA or 401(k)?

Because there are limitations of IRA and 401(k), such as $7000 or some people use somewhat complicated backdoor to do it "legally" have a higher amount, but also subject to penalties if the ...
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Specifics on rolling over “late” 401k contributions

After I had to roll over my 401k recently, my former employer made 2 more small contributions to it for some reason so those checks have been mailed and made payable to me (minus the 20% withholding). ...
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What incentives are there to move IRA money into a 401k?

I have both a traditional 401k with my employer and a traditional IRA I opened a few years ago. I opened the IRA since I didn't yet realize you could submit after-tax dollars to a 401k. Is there an ...
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Shutdown my Solo 401(K) plan and form 5310

I recently shutdown my Solo 401(K) plan at E*Trade. I plan to file form 5500EZ. I have distributed the money to a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA. None of the money went into another 401(K) plan. Do I ...
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401K Vesting Changed After Leaving Company

I left a prior employer back in 2012, but I made the mistake of leaving my 401K in the company plan, which is administered by T. Rowe Price. At the time I left, the balance showed I was 100% vested in ...
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Could a 401k or IRA contribution switch my current taxable income to a lower tax bracket? Is this the same for traditional and Roth 401k?

In the case that your annual income is right in the limit between one tax bracket and the next tax bracket, can contributing to a 401k or IRA reduce your present income declaration in such a way that ...
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Can I swap personal and 401k assets?

Is it possible to swap assets between personal accounts and retirement accounts? Say I have $100 worth of one fund in my 401k, and I think that fund is better as a short-term investment, and I also ...
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Do I have to invest my Solo 401k contributions to take advantage of tax deferral

Is simply contributing to my solo 401k account and keeping it in cash balance enough to take advantage of tax deferral, or do the funds need to be invested?
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TIAA-CREF mailed me check — how do I roll this over into a Vanguard IRA?

I had $500 sitting in a TIAA-CREF account from over a decade ago. They liquidated all their older assets under $5K and mailed me a check for $400, deducting 20% for federal income tax. Can I roll this ...
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Does the “15% into retirement” rule include employer contributions?

I keep seeing that you should be putting 15% of your income (link2, link3) into a retirement account. Does that include the employer match? For instance, if my employer has a 4% match, do I still put ...
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Can I use a gap year to convert traditional 401k money into a roth IRA to virtually avoid taxes?

My employer offers a 401(k) plan. I decide to leave the company to take a year off. During this year, I make no income. Using various types of tax deductions (mortgage interest, tuition, etc...), is ...
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Last year I left excess 401k contributions in the account. Do I need to do anything this year?

In tax year 2018 I over-contributed to my 401k due to job change. Although I discovered the problem before the tax return filing deadline, the bank refused to return the excess funds. I've consulted a ...
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I am on W2 making >$200K with a company the doesn't offer a 401K. What are my retirement contribution / tax reducing options?

I am an hourly employee on W2 making >$200K with a company the doesn't offer a 401K. I have been self employed in the past and have a Solo 401k as well as Traditional. For taxes I file jointly ...
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Do I endorse a direct rollover check?

I had a 401(k) from a previous employer at Fidelity. For some reason they won't send funds directly to another institution so they sent the check to me but made payable to ETrade FBO (My Name) Do I ...
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Can a previous employer contribute to my closed 401k after termination

I was terminated in late January of 2020 by my previous employer. I had worked for them for 5 years and 2 months. I had over 5k in my 401k account and withdrew it all a couple days after termination (...
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Should I reduce my 401k contribution to pay of car/house payments earlier?

It’s a little more complicated than the question (at least I think so). Basic Info: I’m 36 I have about $398K in 401k+Roth savings, 15% contribution per paycheck I have a mortgage worth $175K I have ...
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Pretax 401k and Roth 401k- additional take home pay not factored in, is it?

All the arguments in favour putting money in the Roth 401K emphasise that the withdrawals are tax free. So if you compare putting the same amount of money during your working career in a trad 401K vs ...
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W8BEN of Indian individual

I need help in filling W8BEN form. I will use this to reduce (or zero) my 401K withholding (whenever I withdraw money) as there is a treaty between India & US. I am not sure what should I fill in ...
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Required Minimum Distribution Tax Rates

As I understand it, if one sells Apple Stock in a 401K and takes the cash proceeds as RMD, then it is taxed as ordinary income and not capital gains. If instead the stock was not sold and taken out of ...
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Was 50k loan limit always a part of the 401k program and are there any ways around it?

I got a loan from my 401k that I repaid a while back and I don't remember anything about a $50k limit. Now I am buying a new house before I sell mine and the $50k limit seems to be ridiculous since ...
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Should I invest in 401(k) or is it better to invest by yourself in stocks? Or do both?

I'm still learning about investing and want to know if I should invest in 401(k) or is it better to invest by yourself in stocks? Or do both? Can you pick your own stocks with 401(k)?
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Can I open a Traditional IRA if I have a 401(k) and a Roth IRA?

I have a Roth IRA that I made and a 401(k) account through my employer. I realized that I will be above the income limit to contribute to Roth IRA and saw that I could do a backdoor by putting money ...

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